Support Open Arms’ 2020 Turkey Drive!


Each year, as part of YESvember, Open Arms of Minnesota celebrates Thanksgiving by providing a wholesome turkey meal to each client and their family. To ensure that they have a homemade feast to enjoy Thanksgiving Day, we ask that you consider donating to our 2020 Turkey Drive. With a 35% increase in clients since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Minnesota, Open Arms has more clients than ever. This year, $100,000 is needed to provide all who need these Thanksgiving meals.

While supporting a current fundraising page is fantastic, we also encourage you to start your own Turkey Drive fundraiser to share with your friends and family. You’ll even have a chance to win prizes! Read below to learn about how to start a Turkey Drive fundraiser and the sweet prizes you can win along the way.

How to Start A Turkey Drive Fundraiser & Earn Rewards


1. Start a Turkey Drive fundraiser
Starting a fundraiser is fun and easy! Visit to start. You can edit your donation page to personalize your message or even detail unique incentives attached to different support levels if you’d like. More tips here.

2. Share your Turkey Drive page with your network
Sharing your page is of course critical to the success of your fundraiser. Visit our Turkey Toolkit for sample language for email and social media, including general tips and optional graphics!

3. Keep promoting your fundraiser throughout the month
To encourage as many donations as possible, keep promoting your Turkey Drive until its final day, Friday November 27. A great day to re-promote is each Tuesday of the month, as you can earn yourself a gift card if you win the Turkey Tuesday Badge! (Details below)

4. Collect badges and earn rewards!
If you start a fundraiser, you have the chance to unlock six badges throughout the month, each coming with a prize! We will contact you directly about all badges and rewards.

For more info on the rewards and badges, visit our Turkey Drive page!



Introducing the COVID-19 Response Program


At Open Arms of Minnesota, there’s always room for one more at the table! Since our humble beginnings in 1986 delivering meals in response to the AIDS epidemic, we have sought to expand our services to as many critically-ill neighbors as possible. Today, amid another public health crisis, we are proud to announce that our medically tailored meals will be reaching even more neighbors in need: those in Ramsey County impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about the COVID-19 Response Program here and about the eligibility requirements here.



Open Arms has new merch!


Open Arms has BRAND NEW swag for purchase on our website and in our building! From fresh t-shirts and cute tanks to snazzy hats and cool bandannas, now you can update your wardrobe and support your favorite local nonprofit organization at the same time! Open Arms’ 2020 swag can be purchased either in our building or at our online marketplace. Read more here.



Open Arms’ Response to COVID-19


Like everyone in our community, we too at Open Arms are experiencing the dramatic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. From changing our daily operations to canceling fundraisers to altering our delivery methods, everything is changing. But please rest assured that we are closely following official guidelines (from the CDC and the MN Department of Health) and state/federal recommendations and orders, all in order to continue our primary mission: to cook and deliver free, healthy meals to our clients in need. To read our full statement on COVID-19, please go here.

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